Jan 21, 2013 4:30pm PST
is the technology expert at barrango corporation of south san francisco, california, a preeminent player in the $2 billion-a-year visual merchandising business. >> we create props, decorations, displays for stores, shopping malls, amusement parks, any commercial properties. >> reporter: this all started right after the san francisco earthquake. a newly-arrived italian immigrant named barrango, a sculptor by trade, started making mannequins, the most lifelike anyone had ever seen. but it turns out the real gold was in holiday displays, and, for over 100 years, barrango has been manufacturing them and classic carosels for retailers around the country and the world, from boston to burbank, from berlin to beijing. yes, they ship to china, but they don't make it there. >> we've had the opportunity to go to china and have things manufactured, but we're a quality, hands-on family, company, and we need it to be in america in order to produce what we've got. we can't just turn it over to production in another country. >> reporter: it is that quality- first mantra, along with its global reachthat squired ba
Jan 1, 2013 4:30pm PST
growth. it has been going on at paul's hat works in san francisco's richmond district since 1918, the making of hats. lineage that runs from its peruvian founder over 94 years to four young women from the neighborhood. >> we were kind of an odd bunch before, didn't plan to be hatters, as most people probably don't, and stumbled on it, really did. stumbled on it. and the story and the ambience and that's what took us. >> mike: the story is a familiar one: in 2009, battered by the down economy, the owner needed to sell, no one would buy. so the option was to shut it down, walk away, hat in hand. except in walked a preschool preschool teacher, two costumers and a bookkeeper, saviors in bright colors, with passion. >> we did it because, a, this place was going to evaporate if we didn't. nobody else was going to do it. the four of us are makers of things. we love the craft and we love old crafts and this was something that you can only learn how to be a hatter by apprenticing. so this is a skill that they're not teaching in school. see, thiss kind of a taller crown. >> mike: what the
Jan 22, 2013 7:00pm PST
story, local audiences know alonzo king as the creative force behind san francisco'slines contemporary palley. but he's also in demand from coast to coast. >> this month, i've worked with north carolina dance theater. the allin ailey company, the cedar lake ensemble, university of michigan, tisch here in new york. several other places i can't remember. >> then in our secretary story, dana dancer and choreographer fleming flindt was once the toast of europe. now he's found on home in silicon valley. >> we have a treasure interest filled with great works that are generally unavailable to anyone else in the world and he's chosen to set these works on our company. and finally, midori has been wowing audiences world wide since she debuted with the new york f
Jan 25, 2013 7:00pm PST
in san francisco. we'll go on a behind the scenes tour to find out what makes this place so groundbreaking. coming up.